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Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits

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Leg Band Reporting

Please report band recoveries online at (WWW.REPORTBAND.GOV) or by sending your information to: Bird Banding Lab, 12100 Beach Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708. The call center supporting the 1-800 toll-free phone number was discontinued in June 2017. Reporting banded birds helps in their management. Thanks for your support!

Woodcock, Crow, Snipe, Rail and Gallinule Hunting Season Dates, Bag Limits, and Regulations for 2017–2018

Regulations

Woodcock

Crow

Snipe

Virginia & Sora Rails

Gallinules

Clapper & King Rails

Upstate New York1,3

Oct. 1 – Nov. 14

Sept. 1 – Mar. 31

Sept. 1 – Nov. 9

Sept. 1 – Nov. 9

Sept. 1 – Nov. 9

Closed

Long Island2,3

Oct. 1 – Nov. 14

Sept. 1 – Mar. 31

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Bag Limit

3/day
9 in possession

None

8/day
24 in possession

8/day
24 in possession

8/day
24 in possession

n/a

Shooting Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Sunrise to Sunset

1/2-Hr Before Sunrise to Sunset

1/2-Hr Before Sunrise to Sunset

1/2-Hr Before Sunrise to Sunset

n/a

Non-Toxic Shot

NOT Required

NOT Required

Required

Required

Required

n/a

HIP Registration

Required

NOT Required

Required

Required

Required

n/a

Other

Fed Migratory Bird Stamp NOT Required

Hunting on Fri., Sat., Sun. & Mon. ONLY;
Fed Migratory Bird Stamp NOT Required; Rifles and electronically amplified bird calls or sounds permitted

Fed Migratory Bird Stamp NOT Required

Fed Migratory Bird Stamp NOT Required

Fed Migratory Bird Stamp NOT Required

n/a

2017-2018 Waterfowl Seasons

2017-2018 Canada Goose Seasons

Bag Limits

The daily bag limit is the maximum number of birds of each species that any person may take or possess in the field during any one day. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for all migratory game birds except snow geese.

Species

Daily Limit

Possession Limit

Ducks*

6

18

Coot

15

45

Canada Geese

See map

See map

Snow Geese**

25

No limit

Brant

2

6

CHANGES IN AMERICAN BLACK DUCK HUNTING REGULATIONS FOR 2017

After more than 30 years of 1-bird daily bag limits for black ducks, duck hunters in the U.S. will have an opportunity for a 2-black duck daily bag limit in 2017. The change was justified based on a decline in both the number of duck hunters and the harvest of black ducks since the 1980s, and improved biological information on the status of black ducks. Improved survey techniques and banding efforts allowed for the development of a population model and International Black Duck Harvest Strategy. Annual monitoring programs and appropriate regulation changes will be used to ensure that black duck harvest is sustainable over the long term. More information on the change and a list of frequently asked questions can be found on the DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/abduregchange.pdf.

Attention Boaters!

New regulations are now in effect for all DEC boat launch facilities. Before you launch your boat or leave a site, you are required to:

Clean all visible plant and animal material from your boat, trailer and associated equipment.

Drain your boat’s bilge, livewell, baitwell, and other water-holding compartments.